Scarlet Oak

Quercus coccinea

Family Fagaceae


Notable Features
Leaves: Alternate* leaves have approximately 7 to 9 lobes* and have extremely deep sinuses* reaching more than halfway to the midrib* of the leaf. The upperside of the leaf is a shiny and glossy green - the underside is duller. The top and bottom of the leaf is hairless, with occasional small stellate hairs* in the angles formed between the midrib and the off-branching veins.
Twigs/Buds: Twigs are smooth and hairless, and buds* are approximately ¼ inch (millimeters) long, with scraggly hairs and whitened tips. The buds may or may not be pointed.
Bark: Bark is a dark gray, and finely grooved along the surface; no peeling.
Acorns: The acorns of the scarlet oak have caps* that deeper and bowl-shaped, layered, and hairy. Similar to acorns of the Black Oak, but the caps don't hug the acorns as tightly
Size/Shape: A medium sized oak that grows to heights of 40 to 60 feet (12-18 meters) and diameters of 3 to 5 feet (1 to 1½ meters).

Location on Campus

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One of the only Scarlet Oaks on campus is right at the southwestern corner of T-Lot, right by the road up to Sachar International Center.

Uses
Like other oaks, the acorns are edible, yet must be leached* before consumption to remove the bitter-flavored tannin*. Once the nuts have dried, they can be eaten on their own, candied in a sugar solution, or ground into a flour or meal.

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